Fentanyl drug bust nets 300K pills, 11 lbs. of powder worth $5M pulled from SUV's gas tank

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team WLS logo
Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Feds find 300K fentanyl pills, over 11 lbs. of power in gas tank
Federal agents found 300,000 fentanyl pill and over 11 pounds of fentanyl power in the gas tank of an SUV in a drug bust in the Bronx.

NEW YORK CITY (WLS) -- Federal agents seized 300,000 pills and 11 lbs. of powder fentanyl in a Bronx drug bust, hidden in the gas tank of an SUV.

The haul is worth $5 million. Federal agents said the bust revealed a new tactics cartels are using to smuggle drugs into the United States.

The red Ford Expedition with Texas license plates stopped in the Bronx. A task force of DEA agents and New York police officers discovered a hidden compartment leading to the gas tank from inside the SUV.

Submerged in the tank, agents found 300,000 blue fake oxycodone pills that contained fentanyl, and 5 kilograms, or more than 11 lbs., of powdered fentanyl in vacuum-sealed packages.

Federal officials believe the drugs originated in Mexico and investigators said the vehicle has crossed the U.S.-Mexico border multiple times.

Driver Enrique Perez, 44, of Columbus, Ohio was taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance. Bail was set at $200,000.